The AFRI Chocktaw Irish Famine Landscape Project is hosting a one-day seminar, "Samhain Harvest: Food, Famine and Growing Within", in Falcarragh next week.
"After several Famine commemoration walks in Dublin, Derry, the Donegal Gaeltacht and other places, we are finding that the two main issues in our work seem to be inter-generational trauma from Famine times and food," Maire Nic Fhearraigh and Waylon White Deer, organisers of the AFRI Chocktaw Irish Famine Landscape Project, said in a statement on the event.
The one-day seminar, "Samhain Harvest: Food, Famine and Growing Within", will run from 11am to 5pm, Saturday, October 29th, in the old Falcarragh Famine storehouse, which is known as the Yard.
Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, author of "Trauma Trails from Ireland's Great Hunger: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry", has been a key advisor for the seminar. Dr. O'Loughlin has said, "What if all of us of Irish descent are emotionally orphaned, fleeing an apparently unmourned past that leaves us with a gaping hole, cut off from the narrative strands that would allow us to stride confidently into the future?"
"As Irish people we are finding that the unspoken memory of our struggles has an effect on our health and well-being, mentally emotionally and physically," Maire Nic Fhearraigh said.
Dr. Maeve Peoples, a Dublin-based psychotherapist, will lead a circle discussion following presentations of music, poetry and storytelling. Afternoon speakers will include Sean Ó Gaoithin, head gardener at Glenveagh National Park, who will lead discussions about the healing value of growing your own food, saving native seeds and the health benefits of crop rotation.
A light lunch will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome.
This event is sponsored by AFRI Action from Ireland and Concern Worldwide.